Carrick stay on course for promotion after victory

Let the good times roll: Carrick are looking forward to life in the top-flight. Photo: Presseye
Let the good times roll: Carrick are looking forward to life in the top-flight. Photo: Presseye

Carrick Rangers are one win away from making a return to the Danske Bank Premiership, after three years in Championship One.

Last night’s 3-1 win over PSNI at Newforge means that Carrick will win the Championship on Saturday, if they can beat already-relegated Dundela at Taylor’s Avenue

First half goals from Ciaran Donaghy, Conor McCloskey and Kyle Cherry gave the Amber Army a vital victory.

Bangor are now two points behind Carrick, thanks to a 1-0 win over Harland & Wolff Welders courtesy of a late Andy Hall goal.

The Seasiders will pip Ards to the Play-off place if they can beat Lisburn Distillery on Saturday, the second placed club at 5pm on Saturday, and they will play Warrenpoint Town in a two-legged play-off.

Even though Carrick face struggling Dundela at Taylor’s Avenue on Saturday, Glen Taggart is refusing to take the Championship title for granted.

“The job is far from over. Dundela might already be relegated but they’ve got some great players. I’m gobsmacked they’re in the position they’re in.

“Dundela has a history of upsetting the odds and creating shocks, so we can not take anything for granted. I’m expecting a very, very difficult game.”

After the game last nigthCarrick boss Glenn Taggart said: “I’m delighted with our performance tonight. I’m very proud of our boys. We started quickly and we were always on the front foot. Getting the early goal helped settle the nerves and then getting two goals before half time really helped us. It was the perfect time to get the goals.

“We were nervous for a while but we settled and I don’t think anyone could say that we didn’t deserve the three points. We did what we’ve done all season. We dug in and we got the points and I am pleased with the way the boys performed.”

PSNI: Harrison; Gray (22 Stewart), Dane, McCrory, Blackledge; Moody, Berry, Dobbin (62 Anderson), McWilliams; McDermott, Adams (62 Holden)

Subs Not Used: McLaughlin, Kirk

Carrick Rangers: Neeson; Smyth, Donaghy (24 Kelly), Arthur, Traynor; Harmon, Cherry, Watson (63 Kane), McCloskey (72 Dick); Roy, Chines

Subs Not Used: Arthur, McConnell